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  • Lorenzo Baldassarri and Francesco Bagnaia both suffered high-side incidents
  • Baldassarri was taken to hospital in stable condition before tweeting followers
  • Bagnaia walked away from his crash despite face planting Assen circuit 

Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Moto2 qualifying was rocked by two big crashes ahead of Sunday’s Dutch TT following high side incidents involving Lorenzo Baldassarri and Francesco Bagnaia.

Baldassarri was violently thrown in the air during qualifying at Assen after coming off a corner, with the Italian crashing back on the tarmac before skidding off the race track.

Although the 20-year-old was conscious following the crash, he was taken to hospital immediately in a stable condition for a CT scan before informing fans on Twitter that he was ‘almost like new.’

Francesco Bagnaia lost control of his bike during Moto2 qualifying for the Dutch TT

Francesco Bagnaia lost control of his bike during Moto2 qualifying for the Dutch TT

Francesco Bagnaia lost control of his bike during Moto2 qualifying for the Dutch TT

The Italian was thrown forwards during his high side incident at Assen on Saturday

The Italian was thrown forwards during his high side incident at Assen on Saturday

The Italian was thrown forwards during his high side incident at Assen on Saturday

Bagnaia then face planted the track with a glancing blow before skidding along the tarmac

Bagnaia then face planted the track with a glancing blow before skidding along the tarmac

Bagnaia then face planted the track with a glancing blow before skidding along the tarmac

The 20-year-old avoided being hit by his Kalex that let off sparks before walking away

The 20-year-old avoided being hit by his Kalex that let off sparks before walking away

The 20-year-old avoided being hit by his Kalex that let off sparks before walking away

Moments earlier in the session Bagnaia had been fortunate to escape a nasty highside crash relatively unharmed despite face planting the track. 

After being thrown over the front of his bike, the 20-year-old rider was helpless as his head crashed into the tarmac with a glancing blow before he skidded away along with his Kalex.

Remarkably the Italian was on his feet to walk away from his crash immediately after.

Their Italian compatriot Franco Morbidelli took his fourth pole position of the season at Assen as he hopes to extend his championship lead on Sunday.

The 22-year-old leads the standings heading into the eighth round of 18 by seven points ahead of Swiss rider Thomas Luthi. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri tweeted that he was 'almost like new' following his crash

Lorenzo Baldassarri tweeted that he was 'almost like new' following his crash

Lorenzo Baldassarri tweeted that he was ‘almost like new’ following his crash

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli took pole position ahead of Moto2's Dutch TT

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli took pole position ahead of Moto2's Dutch TT

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli took pole position ahead of Moto2’s Dutch TT

 

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